Aimed at beginners in mountain biking, this guide covers choosing a bike, clothing, shoes, and equipment. It provides detailed coverage of core techniques, including body positioning, climbing, cornering, and braking, as well as techniques specific to trail riding. It offers tips for training and for solving common riding problems. Bike maintenance is also covered, with all the information needed to prolong a bike's life and keep the rider safe, including trail-side repair techniques. Nutrition and fitness are covered, including hydration requirements. A guide to the main race events discusses starting out in racing, and explains what happens on a race day.